Ahmedabad: Former IPS Officer, Sanjiv Bhatt made a shocking revelation. He wrote on his Facebook account that a woman journalist was made to compromise and dilute the role of the then CM of Gujarat in 2002 riots.
In the post which was titled, ” A little known story from Gujarat “, he wrote, “The CBI investigations into Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounters were at their peak. The fates of the then Home Minister and the then Chief Minister were hanging fire. A young investigative journalist was tasked by her magazine to cover the CBI investigations and look for a story that would sell. She came to Ahmedabad and tried tapping sources in the Police and CBI. Unfortunately for her, information from the State Police or the CBI was not very forthcoming. She tried her luck with an Ahmedabad based lawyer activist who was pursuing the fake encounter cases in court. The lawyer activist fell easy prey to the charms of the dusky chain smoking journalist and was more than happy to share juicy case details with her. Stories started taking shape. The journalist wanted more. She got in touch with the duo of IPS officers from the CBI who were leading the investigation. The younger of the two IPS officers was attracted to the journalist and she was attracted to him. The inevitable happened. Their meetings increased in frequency. Information started flowing easily. The magazine continued getting good stories. And the young lovers continued having a good time”.
Commenting on the way she was blackmailed, he wrote, ” Guesthouses where they used to meet for their amorous peccadilloes were discreetly bugged by the operatives of the State Police. All their shenanigans were captured in lurid colourful detail. The tables turned. The young CBI officer was made aware of the irrefutable video evidence against him. The hunter suddenly became the hunted. Deals were struck. The investigation was derailed. The encounter cases were diluted to the point of no repair. The word eventually reached the CBI bosses in Delhi and the IPS officer was removed from the investigation and repatriated to his parent cadre state. But irreparable damage had already been done. ”
After the transfer of the IPS Officer, The young journalist was given a choice: face public shaming along with the officer or help in derailing the efforts of the lawyer activist who was heavily besotted with her easy charms, she chose the latter, he claimed. Thinks moved as planned and the lawyer activist eventually withdrew himself completely from the Commission proceedings despite being the only legal representative of the hapless victims, he added.
He concluded his post by writing, “What could have been an end-of-the-political-road situation for the political duo from Gujarat, and end-of-the-journalistic-road situation for the young investigative journalist became a win-win situation for both sides.
P.S. Hope this helps some of you to connect the dots…”